On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) honored the induction of Richard Keiser to the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. Mr. Keiser served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, and acheived the rank of Sergeant. He was wounded at the Battle of Hamburger Hill in May 1969. Professionally, he served as an Orangetown Police Detective for 33 years and is a member of various veterans' and community organizations. We are grateful for Mr. Keiser's service to his community and country.
This Memorial Day, we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation, our freedom and our way of life. Every one of these brave men and women deserve our respect, gratitude, and appreciation. As we gather this weekend with family and friends for barbeques, parades and parties, please take time to remember and pay tribute to those who have made sacrifices to protect our freedoms. We must never forget our veterans, and I thank all our veterans and their families.